Director: Philippe Pilard

France • 2009 • 52 minutes

Less a formal examination of John Boorman’s work (Point Blank, Deliverance, The General) than a loose collection of entertaining anecdotes about his formative experiences and encounters elicited by interviewer and renowned critic Michel Ciment (also a documentary subject in this year’s festival), Philippe Pilard’s film nonetheless provides some interesting insights into Boorman’s motivations and the recurring themes in his work, with Boorman pointing to the influences that shaped his character and subsequently his films. He also relates his rise through the ranks to director, and discusses working with, amongst others, Lee Marvin and Marcello Mastroianni. Long based in his adopted homeland of Ireland, it is wonderful to see that the process and challenges of filmmaking are still exciting to such an experienced director. John Boorman and Michel Ciment will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

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